National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – time to reflect

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – time to reflect

Canada has had a troublesome and tumultuous past with its Indigenous people. For much of the country’s history, we’ve neglected, ignored and attempted to assimilate Indigenous people into a European-based culture at the expense of their own. Recent years have seen initial attempts made at reconciliation, and while there is significant work to be done, […]

If we can’t get rid of the monarchy, then put it in cold storage

If we can’t get rid of the monarchy, then put it in cold storage

It’s a good guess that even the most fanatical monarchists would have found last Tuesday to be a new day and a welcome relief from the minute to minute, wall to wall coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. It was 12 days of red-coated, fur – hatted soldiers, bag pipes, besotted crowds, and tender, loving clichés […]

The failure to address economic and social justice prepared the ground for the success of right wing parties

The failure to address economic and social justice prepared the ground for the success of right wing parties

By Carlton Joseph Right wing and far right political organizations are gaining significant traction in Europe and North America.  On Sunday, Swedish Prime Minister (PM) Magdalena Anderson resigned after an unprecedented right-wing and far right bloc, with roots in the neo-Nazi movement, won the election.  The bloc takes a tougher stand on crime, plans to […]

Federal Court grants Nigerian refugee claimant stay of removal

Federal Court grants Nigerian refugee claimant stay of removal

by Sukhram Ramkissoon According to a recent Federal Court decision, a 60-year-old citizen of Nigeria whom I will refer to as Samuel, sought refugee protection in Canada based on his risk due to a land dispute as well as his bisexuality. The Refugee Protection Division (“RPD”) rejected the claim and found that his claim was manifestly […]

Queen Elizabeth II cannot be separated from the dark side of British history

Queen Elizabeth II cannot be separated from the dark side of British history

The Bible, often the repository of wisdom, got it right. Hebrew 9:27 says: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement.” For most men and women this judgement can be hard. It is hard for Queen Elizabeth II, who died recently after seventy years on the British throne. […]

Eighty-year-old UK visitor allowed to apply for permanent residence from within Canada

Eighty-year-old UK visitor allowed to apply for permanent residence from within Canada

By Sukhram Ramkisssoon A Federal Court judge has ruled that foreign nationals applying for permanent residence in Canada may ask the Minister to use their discretion to relieve them from requirements in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, because of humanitarian and compassionate factors. As stated in Supreme Court of Canada cases, the purpose of humanitarian […]

Celebrating 150 years of trade unionism

Celebrating 150 years of trade unionism

The first Monday in September has been an official holiday in Canada since 1894, and in the United States since 1892. But the origin of Labour Day came 20 years before that, when unions started holding parades and rallies in Toronto and Ottawa to celebrate the successful 1872 Toronto printers’ strike – the original “fight […]

Back to school we go

Back to school we go

By Yolanda Marshall       Alison Isaac is a Caribbean-Canadian writer and educator based in Canada. Her first children’s book, Kookumbah, revolves around Sasha’s having a tough time settling into her new school while trying to make her Caribbean mother conform to what she regards as the ‘norms’ of their new country. Her attitude […]

Could the US dissolve and be replaced by fascism?

Could the US dissolve and be replaced by fascism?

By Carlton Joseph Abraham Lincoln: “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure; permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided.  It will […]

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